Introduction to Modern Architecture

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Wednesdays,  1:00-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/11

This course offers an introduction to the history of modern architecture in America and Western Europe, including the cultural conditions which have shaped it. We will start from the beginnings of architectural modernism at the turn of the 20th century and make our way to the state of contemporary architecture in the 21st. Among the key works we will study are those of Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Discussions will be based primarily on the use of projected images, with readings in the written work of various architects (links to be provided). The aim is to gain a better understanding of the modern built environment. David Spurr, emeritus professor at the University of Geneva, has written several works on the relations between architecture and literature. In addition to teaching literature, he has taught architectural history at Geneva and in the school of architecture at the University of Iceland.